The American 

Law Institute 88th Annual Meeting, May 16-18, 

2011. San Francisco

Mark G. Yudof

Mark G. Yudof became the 19th president of the University of California in June 2008. He leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural-resources program. The UC system has 220,000 students, 180,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million alumni, and an $18 billion annual operating budget.

President Yudof served as chancellor of the University of Texas System from August 2002 to May 2008 and as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin for 26 years, serving as dean of the law school from 1984 to 1994 and as the university’s executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997. His career at UT Austin began in 1971, when he was appointed an assistant professor of law. While on the UT law faculty, he also was a visiting professor at the law schools at the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley and conducted research as a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick in England.

President Yudof, a distinguished authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression, and education law, has written and edited numerous publications on free speech and gender discrimination, including Educational Policy and the Law (with David L. Kirp, Betsy Levin, and Rachel Moran) (West Publishing Co. 2001). A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been an ALI member since 1983. He served a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy and has served on the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

A Philadelphia native, President Yudof earned an LL.B. degree (cum laude) in 1968 from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a B.A. degree (cum laude with honors in political science) in 1965. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Robert A. Ainsworth, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. President Yudof received the Alumni Award of Merit (2001) and the prestigious James Wilson Award (2004) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School for his many years of service and contributions to the legal community.

President Yudof and his wife, Judy, who is active in several national and international Jewish organizations, were corecipients of the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award in 1993. The Yudofs have two grown children—a son, Seth, and a daughter, Samara.

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